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2012 Fantasy Football: Dallas Cowboys Can Boost Your Team

Tony Romo is one of many Dallas Cowboys who could provide a significant boost to your fantasy team in 2012.

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Ray Rice remains a must-start

Ray Rice should start in fantasy leagues this week, while Joe Flacco should be benched.


Fantasy: Murray, Austin and Bryant are must-starts

Even though the Cowboys are facing a tough Ravens defense, most of Dallas' skill players are must-starts in fantasy this week.


Fantasy Football Week 3 Start/Sit

The Dallas Cowboys open up at home on Sunday here in Week 3, and, as you'd expect, the Cowboys have some pretty prime fantasy players that must start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Tony Romo, as always, is a must start. Despite last week's poor performance, I still believe that Romo is an elite fantasy quarterback, and could end up being one of the five best fantasy quarterbacks in 2012. Unless you've got somebody like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, you'd better be starting Romo.

Josh Freeman hasn't proven enough to me to warrant a fantasy start -- unless you're in a really deep league. Freeman is best left for the bench, or even the waiver wire, depending on your league. Sit Freeman.

Running Backs

DeMarco Murray, much like Romo, is a must start. Murray has RB1 potential each week, and at worst, is a very, very solid RB2 to start.

Doug Martin, meanwhile, is a decent RB2 option, and a very good flex play option. He's received at least 20 carries in each of Tampa Bay's first two games, and there's nothing to suggest that will change. Start Martin.

Wide Receivers

Another no-brainer on the Cowboys side, as Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are both must starts. Both have WR1 potential, and both are fringe WR1 / very good WR2 starts.

Kevin Ogletree, though, should be left on the bench for this week. There's no reason to expect a Week 1-esque outburst from him. Sit Ogletree.

Vincent Jackson is definitely a must start for the Buccaneers. No other Bucs wide receiver is worth starting.

Tight Ends

I warned everybody to avoid Jason Witten in fantasy drafts, and so far, he's done little to prove me wrong. Witten has just six catches on the season for 68 yards. You've probably got better options at this point, but if you don't, you're forced to start him. Assuming you can find a younger, health tight end -- sit Witten.

Likewise, sit Dallas Clark.


Fantasy Football Week 2: Tony Romo, Kevin Ogletree And More

Fantasy football owners had to have been pleased with the numbers Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys' offense put up in Week 1 against the New York Giants.

Dallas' skill players on offense figure to boast another week of nice numbers this week, as the Cowboys head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. While Seattle is never an easy place to play, the Cowboys have had extra time to prepare for this game, since Dallas' season opener came last Wednesday.

As always, Tony Romo is a must-start against the Seahawks. There's not going to be a game where I recommend benching Romo, unless his entire offensive line is on injured reserve.

DeMarco Murray, likewise, is a must-start. There's no reason to consider benching him, and he's a borderline RB1, very good RB2 this week.

Similarly, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are both must-starts if you own them as well. If you scooped up Kevin Ogletree, I'd consider using him in a flex position, or as a WR3. Since we live in the iTunes society where everybody expects instant gratification, some owners out there may expect Ogletree to replicate his Week 1 results. He could, but it's not likely. He's fine to start in a flex play, or as a WR3, but as anything more, you're rolling the dice.

Jason Witten is borderline. I wasn't huge on him for fantasy purposes coming into this season, and I'm especially not huge on him as he recovers from an internal injury. I'd start him if you don't have a better option, which you probably don't if he's on your team, but again, temper expectations a bit on him.

As for Dallas' defense, they're probably worth starting this week too. Russell Wilson does not impress me, and Seattle's wide receivers aren't anything to write home about. Yeah, it's a nice home field advantage for the Seahawks, but Rob Ryan should be able to confuse Wilson.


Fantasy Football Week 1 Start/Sit: Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant Are Must Starts

The 2012 NFL season kicks off on Wednesday night, when the Dallas Cowboys head to New Jersey to take on the New York Giants. As such, fantasy football season also officially begins -- even though there's just one game on Wednesday.

Since we don't know a whole lot about what either the Cowboys or Giants will be like this year, you're best off starting all of the major skill players in the game.

Tony Romo is definitely a must-start, despite facing a defense with an excellent pass rush. Romo has top 10 QB potential this year, and if the Cowboys stay healthy, he could be a top five fantasy quarterback.

Wide receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant also need to be started as well. Both have WR1 potential, and at worst, are WR2s on Wednesday night. If you've got two better receivers than either of them, then you'll probably be using your flex play on either Cowboy receiver.

DeMarco Murray is also a must-start.

Jason Witten, meanwhile, can be safely benched for Week 1. Witten has been listed as doubtful for Wednesday night's game.

On the opposite side of things, Eli Manning can safely be started, as can Victor Cruz. Hakeem Nicks is a bit risky, though, with his foot problem. Still, I'd probably start him against the Cowboys, until Dallas' secondary proves that they can stop the pass.

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